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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Farley

Don't Toss Them: Creative Ways to Reuse Old Flowers

Flowers have a way of brightening up our lives, but what happens when they start to wilt and lose their luster? Instead of tossing them away, consider giving them a new lease on life with these creative reuse ideas that will not only extend their beauty but also reduce waste.

1. Potpourri

Dried flowers can be used to create beautiful potpourri. Simply hang them upside down in a cool, dark place until they are completely dried, then mix them with your favorite spices and essential oils for a fragrant blend that will freshen up any room.

2. Pressed Flower Art

Pressed flowers can be used to create stunning pieces of art. Simply place the flowers between two sheets of parchment paper, place them in a heavy book, and leave them for a few weeks until they are completely flat and dried. Then, use them to create cards, bookmarks, or even framed art pieces.

3. Natural Dyes

Certain flowers can be used to create natural dyes for fabrics and other materials. Simply boil the flowers in water, strain out the petals, and use the resulting liquid to dye fabrics, yarn, or even Easter eggs for a unique and eco-friendly touch.

4. Floral Bath Soak

Dried flowers can be added to a warm bath for a luxurious and relaxing experience. Simply tie them up in a muslin bag or cheesecloth and add them to your bath along with some Epsom salts for a soothing soak that will leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed.

5. Floral Ice Cubes

Freeze flowers in ice cubes to create a beautiful and unique addition to your drinks. Simply place a flower in each compartment of an ice cube tray, fill it with water, and freeze it. Once frozen, add the floral ice cubes to your favorite beverages for a touch of elegance.

6. Flower Petal Confetti

Dried flower petals can be used to create eco-friendly confetti for weddings or other celebrations. Simply dry the petals, mix them with a little bit of glitter or sequins for added sparkle, and use them to add a pop of color to your special day.

7. Floral Sachets

Dried flowers can be used to create fragrant sachets for your drawers or closets. Simply fill a small pouch with dried flowers and herbs, tie it closed with a ribbon, and place it in your drawers or closets to keep your clothes smelling fresh and floral.


With a little bit of creativity, old flowers can be given new life in a variety of ways. Whether you're looking to add a pop of color to your home, create a unique piece of art, or simply reduce waste, these creative reuse ideas are sure to inspire you to think twice before tossing out those old blooms.

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